Storylines: Zobrist, Price trade has been discussed
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Here are the stories from Thursday, July 17.
- Though no deal is imminent, the Mariners have been engaged in ongoing discussions with the Rays regarding lefty David Price and utilityman Ben Zobrist, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the Mariners' talks with the Rays have been more focused on Zobrist than Price, and the two sides have been discussing Zobrist "for weeks." Nick Franklin's name has frequently come up in talks, he added.
- The Padres narrowed their list of candidates for the club's open GM position with intentions of conducting second interviews next week, according to Scott Miller of Bleacher Report. Among the candidates for the GM office, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen could be the favorite, according to a report from Jim Bowden of ESPN.com.
- Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reported that Chris Dickerson (hamstring) will be okay to play Friday. Meanwhile, Michael Bourn (DL/hamstring) stayed back in Cleveland. The plan for Bourn is still being mapped out.
- Bastian also noted that to open up the second half of the season, the rotation will start out with Trevor Bauer pitching Friday, Corey Kluber pitching in game one on Saturday, Zach McAllister will be called up as the 26th man for game two on Saturday, Josh Tomlin will take the mound on Sunday, T.J. House will get called up for Monday's start, and Tuesday's starter is still to-be-determined. Bastian speculated, however, that Danny Salazar may get the nod on Tuesday.
- RHP CC Lee will technically be called up from Columbus to join the bullpen on Friday. He will take McAllister's active roster spot.
- Terry Francona noted that Justin Masterson (DL/knee) threw off the mound yesterday and will make a rehab start with Columbus on Sunday.
News and Notes:
- Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp doesn't necessarily want to be traded, but he would welcome a deal that would allow him to man center field on an everyday basis with a new team, agent Dave Stewart told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Wednesday. Rosenthal noted, however, that GM Ned Colletti is a bit hesitant to part with Kemp's right-handed bat, as that would leave the team with just one surefire right-handed power threat in the everyday lineup in 2015: Yasiel Puig. (Hanley Ramirez, of course, is a free agent at season's end.) Another major roadblock is the roughly $107MM remaining on Kemp's contract through the 2019 season.
- The Blue Jays have "checked on" recently-released outfielder Alfonso Soriano, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Soriano, who might provide a power bat while several regulars work their way back off the DL, is "mulling his option," according to Rosenthal.
- Rockies hurler Tyler Chatwood will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reported. Given the timing of the procedure, and the fact that Chatwood has already had a UCL replacement, it seems likely that he will miss all of next season.
- The Angels are closing in on a deal with first-round pick Sean Newcomb, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
- The Rangers announced that they designated first baseman Carlos Pena for assignment.
- The Blue Jays claimed lefty Brad Mills off waivers from the Athletics, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Mills was designated for assignment on July 7 to make room for trade acquisition Jason Hammel. To make room on the roster, the Blue Jays designated righty Deck McGuire for assignment.
- Dontrelle Willis was briefly considering a career in coaching, but the former Rookie of the Year and Cy Young runner-up will instead pitch for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported.
- The Yankees signed left-hander Rich Hill to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, according to Chad Jennings of LoHud.com.
- Former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady, who had been trying his hand as a pitcher with the independent Atlantic League's Sugar Land Skeeters, announced his retirement from baseball yesterday, Brett Dolan of CBS Houston reported.
- The Brewers claimed infielder Irving Falu off waivers from the Padres, the club announced. Milwaukee designated righty Kevin Shackelford for assignment to create roster space.